The Differences Between Pro Photographers Using $500 Gear VS. Amateurs Using $4,950 Gear


As a photographer, the question you mostly get is “What camera did you use for that picture?” or “What is the best camera one can use?” Tired of this, some photographers from Mango Street, a lab creating photo-tutorials “that don’t waste your time”, decided to demonstrate the difference between pro photographers with amateur gear and an amateur with pro gear.

The experiment, called It’s Not About the Gear, proved exactly that: when it comes to photography, brains are more important than brawn

So, they gave their friend who is not a pro and has only some basic skills a $3,300 Canon 5D Mark IV with a $1,650 Canon 35mm f/1.4L II lens. Meanwhile, two professional photographers got a cheap (~$500) Canon Rebel T3i with low-end lenses (a kit 18-55mm and a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens).

The results are mind-blowing so take a look and enjoy. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment letting us know what do you think of the pictures.

These are the pics that the first professional photographer took:



So authentic.


She looks exactly like a book character.


Mirror, mirror!


This is what the amateur photographer took:

Cute shot.


Pure and simple.


All smiles.


This is what the second pro photographer captured:



Wow! Favorite!


It seems it’s not about the gear after all?


Watch the video to see the photographers explain the idea behind the experiment and the whole process behind the photo shoots and enjoy!

Do you remember ‘Bliss’, the iconic default Windows XP wallpaper? Its author, Charles O’Rear has recently been hired by German airline giants Lufthansa to photograph some more landscapes to be used as smartphone backgrounds, and what he captured is absolutely breathtaking.

Source: boredpanda

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